Events taking place to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Events taking place to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is quickly approaching. (Source: WBTV File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is here and there are several events scheduled to celebrate.

Below is a list of events happening in our area:


  • Day of Community Service Monday at various locations. Starting at 8 a.m.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Monday at 9 a.m.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend Parade. Monday in downtown Montgomery starting at 1 p.m.


  • The Butler County Concerned Citizens is holding its first-ever MLK Day parade. It will start at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 with staging in the Herbert Street area. The parade will travel through downtown Greenville and will include floats, classic cars, motorcycles and more. Register by calling 334-300-8394.



  • 8:30 a.m. - Free Breakfast & Winter Clothing Giveaway at Edmundite Mission / BOSCO, 1107B Griffin Avenue
  • 10:30 a.m. - Know Your Roots Kickoff, Part 1 with Sharon Leslie Morgan, Co-Author of “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade” at Edmundite Mission on Griffin Avenue
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: Free screening of the video for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, hosted by Mama Callie Young Greer, at the Walton Theater Selma
  • 3 p.m. to 5 pm: Screening of new film on the life of Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy, at the Walton Theater Selma (regular entrance fee)

Tuesday (NDORH, all events at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, Vaughan Room):

  • 9:30 a.m. - Community Reads Kickoff Part 2, with Author Sharon Leslie Morgan and Library Director, Becky Nichols (including a book talk & reading)
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Genealogy 101 Session by Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, Documentary Film Screening


  • Special Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. Happening at Hangar 2 at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to last approximately half an hour.

Auburn University

Auburn University will offer several campus wide events and service opportunities as part of its Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week January 20-24.

  • The theme for this year’s celebration is “Reclaiming the Dream: A New Vision For the Future.” The week will kick off with a breakfast featuring keynote speaker civil rights activist Bernard Lafayette. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 20 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The cost is $35 per person and table reservations are available by visiting this link.
  • A day of service opportunity will be offered at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference. This is in partnership with the East Alabama Food Bank. Participants will assist with packing weekend and overnight book bags for children who experience hunger. Individuals interested in volunteering can register here.
  • On Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., Auburn’s Critical Conversations Speaker Series will continue with a talk by Eddie Glaude, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. For more information on that series, go here.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 22, a “Lunch and Learn” focused on the topic of “Financial Freedom as a Form of Social Activism” will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Haley Center, room 1403. The featured speakers for that event are Kiersten and Julien Saunders, personal finance experts and co-creators of the award-winning blog, “rich & REGULAR.”
  • A second “Lunch and Learn” event on “Race in America: A Reflection of the Last Decade” will occur from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Auburn’s Cross Culture Center for Excellence in the Student Center.
  • The final event of the week involves a community service outreach effort at the East Alabama Food Bank from 7-9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

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